Fitbits and Morning Runs

Hope y’all had a good holiday weekend. We did a lot of socializing, and socializing means lots of last minute cleaning and food prep. I did 16,000 steps on Monday, according to my Fitbit, which may have made up for all the wine that was consumed.

Are Fitbits for old people? I honestly don’t think my steps to the bathroom should count towards any daily exercise goals. On the other hand, it’s kinda fun. I do like counting things. And competing with my friends for weekly steps. And it seems to work for some people. A former colleague has lost almost 100 pounds since she retired; she became an obsessive fitbit user.

I’m always tinkering with my schedule. Trying to find ways to squeeze in more work hours and accomplish more. Lately, I’ve switched from the 9:30 spin class to a morning run after Ian gets on the camp bus at 7:30. I’m done earlier and I don’t have to deal with the crazy women at the gym who shower and put on a full face of makeup before their workout. I can it all done with coffee breath and bedhead. I have a bigger block of time to get work done. I suck at running now, but maybe I’ll be okay by the end of the summer.

I also calibrate all that running with two or three apps on the phone. I do enjoy exer-tech.

Do you use apps to monitor your daily exercise goals?

2 thoughts on “Fitbits and Morning Runs

  1. I have a Fitbit too, but I am not obsessive about it. I like the way it charts my sleep. It’s really sad to look at my sleep charts from January and February, which show that I would sleep 4-5 hours a night, then nap for 1-2 hours in the afternoon. I really hated winter term.

    My husband, on the other hand, has been bicycle-commuting and using Strava to chart his data obsessively.


  2. I am a new Fitbit user, and find that I forget to put it on sometimes … so the numbers are fairly useless until I get used to wearing it all the time. And twice I’ve almost lost it because the strap caught on something and came undone – once in a rental car (from reaching for something in the back seat) and once in a driveway (putting recyclables in the car?), where it sat in intermittent rain until I spotted it the next day. One person I know credits the Fitbit (and dietary changes) for his 100 pound weight loss. I am an “old person”, I guess, and am happy that the steps to the bathroom count for something


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